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Dental Health And Pregnancy

If you are planning or have recently become pregnant, it is advised to schedule a checkup and cleaning appointment as soon as possible so you can achieve perfect dental health which will be easier to maintain during your pregnancy.

Although your oral health plays an important part in your general health in your everyday life, it is especially important during pregnancy when you are more vulnerable to decay and pregnancy gingivitis. This is caused by the increase in hormones making your gums more sensitive to the irritants in plaque, which causes gingivitis normally.

However, it is still the plaque and not the increase in hormones that is the cause of gingivitis. This can make your gums swollen, tender and bleed when you brush and floss.

Eating a well-balanced diet will also help to avoid oral health problems during your pregnancy. Your baby’s teeth develop below the gum-line between the third and sixth month, therefore you will need to ensure you eat foods high in calcium and protein. One of the myths of pregnancy is that you lose calcium from your own teeth this is not true.

Snacking between meals is not good for your oral health when not pregnant, so it can be especially more harmful to your teeth and gums when you are. Although cravings do happen, try to have healthy snacks, they will be better for your baby and your oral health.

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